I am painting with broad strokes here but my guess is that many of us cope with worry by coming up with the worst case scenario and then playing it through in your mind. Somehow if we can imagine the worst and then imagine our response – we feel better.
In Psalm 27 David writes:
When the wicked advance against me to devour me…(verse 2)
Though an army besiege me…though war break out against me…(verse 3)
Though my father and mother forsake me…(verse 10)
…false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations (verse 12)
TOUGH WORLD DAVID LIVED IN, RIGHT?
And let’s be honest, we live in a tough world too. Sinful people do and say hurtful things. Countries attack other countries. Addictions fracture families. Politicians running for our country’s highest office often speak with words and tone void of any basic sense of decency. We try various ways of coping. We work harder. We try to get control. We imagine and prepare for the worst.
NO WONDER WE FEEL SO ANXIOUS MUCH OF THE TIME.
Look closely at Psalm 27 (verses 1 – 3, 5) and see how David wrestled with the scary parts of his world.
The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my Life – of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me to devour me, It is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
For in the day of trouble God will keep me safe in God’s dwelling; God will keep me in the shelter of God’s sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
David didn’t pretend life was easy. And we all know it isn’t. Despite all the hardship around him, however, he allowed God to hold on to him.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
God held on to David and David held on to God with great confidence. “God will keep me safe.” David interrupted his worst case scenario thinking with the best case scenario thinking.
GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US! (Matthew 28:20)